Ecology of Aipysurus laevis
 
Main Ref. Ineich, I. and P. Laboute, 2002
distribution
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
Brackishwater
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
Freshwater
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Aipysurus laevis may be found.
Remarks Found along seabeds but prefers coral reefs and can rarely be observed in outer reef slopes (Ref. 2353). It is a generalist feeder, swallowing prey found near the seabed (Ref. 2360) and feeds on several species of reef fish in size range, 3 to 15 cm, including small snappers (Lutjanus lutjanus and Lutjanus kasmira), catfish (Plotosus lineatus), red-barred shrimp (possibly Stenopus hispidus). Especially active at night and tends to attack anything bright and moving. It is a relatively curious and unaggressive snake but can be dangerous (Ref. 2352). Females are larger than males and are potentially more dangerous because of higher venom yield (Ref. 2359). Preyed upon by tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier).

Substrate

Substrate Benthic: mobile; demersal;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Ineich, I. and P. Laboute, 2002

associations

Ref. Minton, S.A. and W.A. Dunson, 1985
associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

feeding

feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
feeding type ref Ineich, I. and P. Laboute, 2002
feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
feeding habit ref Ineich, I. and P. Laboute, 2002
trophic level(s)
original sample unfished population Remark
estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
Ref.
From individual food items 4.30 0.76 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Pan-Saniano, Marianne on 11.22.06
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 06.25.15
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